

If you divide a message frequently, the unit
may become unable to divide the message
further.
You selected a message that has been locked.
Set “LOCK” to “OFF” in the menu before
dividing the message.
When recording from other equipment,
the input level is too strong or not strong
enough.
 Connect the headphone jack of other
equipment to the  (microphone) jack
of the IC recorder and adjust the volume
level on the equipment connected to the IC
recorder.
Playback speed is too fast or too slow.
 The playback speed is adjusted in DPC.
Adjust the speed in DPC again in the menu.
“--:--” is displayed.
 You have not set the clock.
“--Y--M--D” or “--:--” is displayed on the
REC DATE display.
 The date of recording will not be displayed
if you recorded the message when the clock
was not set.
The clock setting is reset.
 The clock setting will be reset within about
1 minute. When you replace the batteries,
please provide new batteries.
“SET DATE” is displayed and you cannot
set the alarm.
 If the clock is not set, you cannot set the
alarm.
“PRE SET” is displayed and you cannot set
the alarm.
 You cannot set the alarm at the same date
and time previously set on another message.
Notice for the customers in Canada
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
FOR UNITED STATES CUSTOMERS.
NOT APPLICABLE IN CANADA,
INCLUDING IN THE PROVINCE OF
QUEBEC.
POUR LES CONSOMMATEURS AUX
ÉTATS-UNIS. NON APPLICABLE AU
CANADA, Y COMPRIS LA PROVINCE
DE QUÉBEC.
The following FCC statement applies only to the
version of this model manufactured for sale in the
USA. Other versions may not comply with FCC
technical regulations.
INFORMATION
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio
or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and
receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void
your authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
For the customers in Europe
Disposal of Old Electrica2l &
Electronic Equipment (Applicable
in the European Union and other
European countries with separate
collection systems)
you will help prevent potential negative consequences
for the environment and human health, which could
otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling
of this product. The recycling of materials will help
to conserve natural resources. For more detailed
information about recycling of this product, please
contact your local Civic Office, your household waste
disposal service or the shop where you purchased
the product.
Disposal of waste batteries
(applicable in the European Union
and other European countries with
separate collection systems)
This symbol on the battery or on the
packaging indicates that the battery
provided with this product shall not
be treated as household waste.
On certain batteries this symbol
might be used in combination with a
chemical symbol. The chemical symbols for mercury
(Hg) or lead (Pb) are added if the battery contains
more than 0.0005% mercury or 0.004% lead.
By ensuring these batteries are disposed of
correctly, you will help prevent potentially negative
consequences for the environment and human health
which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate
waste handling of the battery. The recycling of the
materials will help to conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety, performance
or data integrity reasons require a permanent
connection with an incorporated battery, this battery
should be replaced by qualified service staff only.
To ensure that the battery will be treated properly,
hand over the product at end-of-life to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of electrical and
electronic equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the section on how
to remove the battery from the product safely. Hand
the battery over to the applicable collection point for
the recycling of waste batteries.
For more detailed information about recycling of this
product or battery, please contact your local Civic
Office, your household waste disposal service or the
shop where you purchased the product.
Notice for the customers: the
following information is only
applicable to equipment sold
in the countries applying EU
directives
The manufacturer of this product is Sony
Corporation, 1‑7‑1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo,
108‑0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for
EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH,
Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
For any service or guarantee matters, please refer to
the addresses given in separate service or guarantee
documents.
“BACK-D” is displayed and you cannot set
the alarm.
 You cannot set the alarm when the time has
already passed.
There are fewer menu items displayed in
the menu mode.
 The menu items displayed are different
depending on the operation modes (stop
mode, playback mode and recording mode).
The battery life is short.
 The battery life is based on playback with
the volume level set to 27. The battery life
may shorten depending on the operation of
the IC recorder.
There is no battery power remaining after
you have left the batteries inserted for
long time without using the IC recorder.
 Even if you do not use the IC recorder,
the batteries are consumed slightly. The
battery life in this case varies depending
on humidity or other environmental
conditions. Usually, the batteries last about
2 months. If you do not intend to use the IC
recorder for an extended period of time, it is
recommended that you turn the power off or
remove the batteries.
The changed menu setting does not
function.
 If the batteries are removed just after the
menu setting is changed, the menu setting
may not function.
SET DATE
 Set the clock; otherwise, you cannot set the
alarm.
FULL (
flashes at the same time)
 The remaining memory capacity of the IC
recorder is insufficient. Erase some messages
before recording.
FULL (“99” flashes at the same time)
 As there are already 99 messages in the
current folder, you cannot record a new
message. Erase some messages before
recording.
FULL (folder indicator flashes at the same
time)
 As there are already 99 messages in the
folder to which you want to move a message,
you cannot move the message. Erase some
messages before moving.
NO DATA
 The selected folder does not have any
messages. You cannot move a message or set
the alarm, etc., because of this.
The IC recorder does not operate
correctly.
 Take out the batteries and insert them again.
You cannot erase a message.
 You selected a message that has been locked.
Set “LOCK” to “OFF” in the menu before
erasing the message.
PRE SET
 You set the alarm to play back a message at
a date and time previously set on another
message. Check the setting and set the
appropriate date and time.
BACK-D
 You set the alarm when the time has already
passed. Check it and set the appropriate date
and time.
LOCK ( flashes at the same time)
 You selected a message that has been locked.
You cannot move it, erase it, add a new
message to it, add an overwritten message to
it, or divide it. Set “LOCK” to “OFF” in the
menu before editing the message.
OFF REC-OP
 You cannot add a recording or overwrite a
recording because “REC-OP” is set to “OFF.”
Set it to “ON.”
ERR ACCESS
ERR 01 – ERR 06
 A system error other than the above has
occurred. Remove the batteries and re-insert
them.
There are some system limitations of the IC
recorder. Troubles as mentioned below are
not malfunctions of the IC recorder.
You cannot specify the finishing point B.
 You cannot specify the finishing point B
before the starting point A has been set.
You cannot record messages up to the
maximum recording time.
 If you record messages in a mixture of
SHQ, HQ, SP and LP modes, the recordable
time varies from the maximum SHQ mode
recording time to the maximum LP mode
recording time.
 The sum of the number on the counter
(elapsed recording time) and the remaining
recording time may be less than the IC
recorder’s maximum recording time.
When you set A-B Repeat playback, the
set positions move a little.
 Depending on the files, the set positions
may move.
The IC recorder does not operate.
 The batteries have been inserted with
incorrect polarity.
 The batteries are weak.
 The power to the IC recorder is off. Slide the
HOLD switch in the direction opposite that
of the arrow.
 The HOLD function is activated. Slide the
HOLD switch in the direction opposite that
of the arrow.
No sound comes from the speaker.
 The volume is turned down completely.
 Headphones are plugged in.
Sound comes from the speaker even when
the headphones are plugged in.
 If you plug in the headphones not securely
during playback, the sound may come from
the speaker. Unplug the headphones, and
then insert them securely.
The operation indicator does not light.
 “LED” is set to “OFF.” Display the menu and
set “LED” to “ON.”
Remove the film on the display window
before you use the IC recorder.
 Notes
Slide and lift the battery compartment lid,
insert LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries
with correct polarity, and close the lid.

If the battery compartment lid is
accidentally detached, attach it as
illustrated.



Clock setting display appears and the year
section flashes when you insert batteries for
the first time, or when you insert batteries
after the IC recorder has been without
batteries for a certain period of time. See
“Setting the clock after preparing a power
source” to set the date and time.
When replacing the batteries, messages
recorded or alarm settings are not erased
even when you remove the batteries.
When replacing the batteries, the clock
continues moving for a certain period of
time after you remove the batteries.
“FULL” is displayed and you cannot
operate the IC recorder.
 99 messages have been recorded in the
selected folder or 495 messages (when there
are 5 folders) in total have been recorded.
Therefore you cannot record another
message, or move a message. Select another
folder, or erase some of the messages.
Recording is interrupted.
 The VOR function is activated. Set “VOR” to
“OFF” in the menu.
Noise is heard.
 An object, such as your finger, etc.,
accidentally rubbed or scratched the IC
recorder during recording so that noise was
recorded.
 The IC recorder was placed near an AC
power source, a fluorescent lamp or a mobile
phone during recording or playback.
 Plug of the connected microphone was dirty
when recording. Clean the plug.
 The  (headphones) plug is dirty. Clean
the plug.
Recording level is low.
 “SENS” (microphone sensitivity) is set to
“
.” Display the menu and set “SENS” to
“
.”
You cannot divide a message.
 You need a certain amount of free space in
the memory to divide a message.
 If 99 messages have been recorded in a
folder, you cannot divide a message in that
folder. 99 messages have been recorded
in the selected folder. Erase some of the
messages.
 You may not be able to divide a message at
the beginning or at the end of the message
because of system limitations.
Slide the HOLD switch in the opposite
direction from that of the arrow. The IC
recorder turns on, and “ACCESS” flashes.
Carrying pouch* (1)
Stereo microphone with shirt-clip*
(1)
Built-in microphone
Operating Instructions
Operation indicator
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
Slide the ���������������������������������
HOLD switch in the direction of
the arrow in the stop mode. “OFF” flashes.
The IC recorder turns off within a few
seconds.
 Tips


Display window
DIVIDE button
When you are not going to use the IC
recorder for a long time, we recommend to
turn off the IC recorder.
When 10 minutes have passed after you
have turned on the IC recorder and leave it
without doing anything, the display goes off
automatically. (Press any button to show the
display.)
 (stop) button
Step 4: Setting the Clock
Speaker
 (microphone) jack*
 (headphone) jack
ERASE button
VOL (volume) +*/– button
FOLDER/MENU button
 (repeat) A-B button
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER button*
+ (cue/fast forward) button
Strap hole (A strap is not supplied.)
* These buttons and the jack have a tactile dot.
Use it as a reference point for operations, or
to identify each terminal.
2 Press  (stop) to return to the stop mode

display.

Setting the clock using the
menu
While the IC recorder is in the stop mode,
you can set the clock using the menu.
Press FOLDER/MENU to return to the
previous operation.
You can set the time display for the clock to
“12H” (12-hour display) or “24H” (24-hour
display) in the “HOUR” menu. When “12H”
(12-hour display) is set, “AM” or “PM”
appears in the display window.
If you do not press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER
within 1 minute of entering the clock setting
data, the clock setting mode is cancelled and
the window will return to the stop mode
display.
1 Press and hold FOLDER/MENU to enter
the menu mode.
The menu mode will be displayed.
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER
FOLDER/MENU

To start playback
1 Press FOLDER/MENU to select the folder (
, or
).
,
,
,
FOLDER/MENU
2 Press – or + to select the message you want to
play.
“SET DATE,” and then press
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
–, +
Playback will start soon, and the ���������������������
operation indicator
will light in green. (When “LED” is set to “OFF” in the
menu, the operation indicator does not light.)
Operation
indicator
 PLAY/
STOP•ENTER
4 Press VOL +/– to adjust the volume.
Preventing Accidental Operation (HOLD)
Locking the buttons
Unlocking the buttons
Slide the HOLD switch in the opposite
direction from that of the arrow so that all
buttons will be unlocked.
When the HOLD function is activated during
recording, all the functions of the buttons are
locked to prevent accidental operation. To stop
recording, cancel the HOLD function first.
 Tip
Even if the HOLD function is activated, you
can stop the alarm playback by pressing any
button. (You cannot stop normal playback.)
VOL +/–
To stop playback
1 Press  (stop).

 Note
Other operations
stop at the current position Press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER or  (stop). To resume playback from
(Playback Pause function) that point, press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER again.
go back to the beginning of Press – once*.
the current message
go back to previous
messages
Press – repeatedly. (During stop mode, keep the button pressed to
go back the messages continuously.)
skip to the next message
Press + once*.
skip to the succeeding
messages
Press + repeatedly. (During stop mode, keep the button pressed to
skip the messages continuously.)
* These operations are for when “EASY-S” (Easy Search function) is set to “OFF.”
 Tip
During playback you can lock all the functions of all the buttons so that you can prevent
inadvertent operations by sliding the HOLD switch in the direction of the arrow.
Recording
Erasing
 Note
Before making a recording, exit HOLD mode and turn on the power.
 Notes
Selecting a folder
1 Press FOLDER/MENU to select the folder in which you
want to record messages ( ,
,
,
, or
).


FOLDER/MENU

Once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it.
Before erasing a message, exit HOLD mode and turn on the power.
If the message you want to erase is locked in the menu, the message is not erased.
Selecting a message and erasing it
There are 5 folders already available when you purchase
the IC recorder.
If you do not change the folder after you stop recording,
the next time you record you will record in the same
folder.
1 Select the message you want to erase when the IC
recorder is in the stop or playback mode.
2 Press ERASE while you are playing back the message
you want to erase, or press and hold ERASE during the
stop mode.
Starting to record
1 Press  REC/PAUSE in the stop mode.
The operation indicator lights in red. (When “LED” is
set to “OFF” in the menu, the operation indicator does
not light.)
You do not need to press and hold  REC/PAUSE while
recording.
The new message will be automatically recorded after
the last recorded message.
source to be recorded.
Operation
indicator
A beep will sound and the message number and
“ERASE” will flash.
When “BEEP” in the menu is set to “OFF,” no beep
sound will be heard.
Built-in
microphone
3 Press ERASE again.
“ERASE” appears in the display window and the
selected message will be erased.
When a message is erased, the remaining messages will
advance and be renumbered so that there will be no
space between messages.
1 Press  (stop).
The IC recorder stops at the beginning of the current
recording.

To cancel erasing
1 Press  (stop) before step 3 of “Selecting a message and
Other operations
erasing it.”
pause recording*
Press  REC/PAUSE. During recording pause, the operation indicator
flashes in red and “PAUSE” flashes in the display window.
release pause and resume
recording
Press  REC/PAUSE again. Recording resumes from that point. (To
stop recording after pausing recording, press  (stop).)
Erasing another message
review the current
recording instantly
Press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER. Recording stops and playback starts
from the beginning of the message just recorded.
review during recording
Press and hold – during recording or recording pause. Recording
stops and you can search backwards while listening to fast playback
sound. After you release –, playback starts from that point.
Erasing a part of one message




Messages recorded using this IC recorder will be recorded as MP3 files.
You can record up to 99 messages in each folder.
Before you start recording, we recommend you make a trial recording first, or monitor the
recording.
While recording you can lock all the functions of all the buttons so that you can prevent
inadvertent operations by sliding the HOLD switch in the direction of the arrow.
 Notes



ERASE
 REC/PAUSE
To stop recording

–, +
Before playback starts, exit HOLD mode and turn on the power.
3 Press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
2 Press – or + to select
 Tips
You need to set the clock to use the alarm
function or record the date and time.
Clock setting display appears when you
insert batteries for the first time, or when
you insert batteries after the IC recorder
has been without batteries for a certain
period of time, the year section flashes in
the display window.
 Note
 Note
* 1 hour after you pause recording, recording pause is automatically released and the IC recorder
enters the stop mode.
 REC/PAUSE button
– (review/fast backward) button
Listening
 Tips
2 Turn the built-in microphone in the direction of the
When you are not using the IC recorder,
you can prevent the batteries from getting
weak quickly by turning the power off.
Stereo headphones* (1)
display.
: “LO BATT” flashes and the IC
recorder will stop operation.
Turning the power off
When the remaining time of recording reaches 10 minutes, the last one of the indication
flashes.
If the remaining recording time display mode is selected, the remaining recording time
display will also flash when the remaining time reaches 1 minute. The display will be changed
automatically to the remaining time display.
When the memory is full, recording automatically stops and
and “FULL” will flash
in the display window for about 3 seconds. To continue recording, first erase some of the
messages.
4 Press  (stop) to return to the stop mode
Step 3: Turning the IC Recorder On
Turning the power on
* The stereo headphones, carrying pouch
and stereo microphone with shirt‑clip are
supplied with some models in some regions
only.
: Replace the old batteries with new
ones.
Index to parts and controls
year, month, day, hour, and minute
in sequence, and then press
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
The battery indicator in the display window
shows the battery condition.
LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries (2)
1 Press – or + to set the
When to replace the batteries
Remove the film on the display window
before you use the IC recorder.
“FULL” is displayed and you cannot start
recording.
 The memory is full. Erase some of the
messages.
Do not use manganese batteries for this IC
recorder.
When replacing the batteries, be sure to
replace both batteries with new ones.
Do not charge dry batteries.
When you are not going to use the IC
recorder for a long time, remove the
batteries to prevent damage from battery
leakage and corrosion.

year, month, day, hour, and minute
in sequence, and then press
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
Step 2: Preparing a Power Source

IC Recorder (1)
3 Press – or + to set the
Slide the ������������������������������
HOLD switch in the direction
of the arrow in the recording or playback
mode.
“HOLD” will flash, indicating that all the
functions of the buttons are locked.
Battery remain indication
Step 1: Checking the Contents of the Package
Setting the clock after
preparing a power source
Elapsed time/Remaining
time/Recorded date or time
indication/Message
REC DATE (recorded date) indicator
The recorded date or time is displayed
with the REC DATE indicator.
Getting Started
Troubleshooting
Display does not disappear.
Display appears blurred.
 Remove the protective film on the display
window before you use the IC recorder.
Folder indicator
Displays the folder ( , , , , or
) you have selected.
Microphone sensitivity
Displays the microphone sensitivity.
For details about the settings, see
“Menu settings” on the reverse side of
this paper.
Alarm indicator
Appears when the alarm is set for a
message.
Repeat play indicator
Appears when a message is played back
repeatedly.
Selected message number

Troubleshooting
The IC recorder cannot be turned on.
 The HOLD switch is set. Slide the HOLD
switch in the direction opposite that of the
arrow.
Display window
System Limitations
Front
The IC recorder cannot be turned off.
 Slide the HOLD switch in the direction of
the arrow when the IC recorder is in the
stop mode.
HOLD switch
REMAIN indicator
When the IC recorder is in the
recording or stop mode, the remaining
recording time is displayed with the
REMAIN indicator, or when the IC
recorder is in the playback mode,
the remaining time of the current
message is displayed with the REMAIN
indicator.
Remaining memory indicator
Displays the remaining memory and
decreases one by one during recording.
Battery indicator
Displays the remaining battery power.
Recording mode indicator
Displays the recording mode set using
the menu when the IC recorder is in the
recording or stop mode, and displays
the current recording mode when the
IC recorder is in the playback mode.
For details about the settings, see
“Menu settings” on the reverse side of
this paper.

(recording) indicator
Appears while the IC recorder is
recording.
N-CUT (noise cut) indicator
Appears when “N-CUT” is set to “ON”
in the menu.
Lock indicator
Appears when “LOCK” is set to “ON”
in the menu.
EASY-S (easy search) indicator
Appears when the “EASY-S” is set to
“ON” in the menu.
DPC (Digital Pitch Control) indicator
Appears when the “DPC” is set to “ON”
in the menu.
Total number of messages in the folder/
DPC setting
 Tips
This symbol on the product or on its
packaging indicates that this product
shall not be treated as household
waste. Instead it shall be handed over
to the applicable collection point
for the recycling of electrical and
electronic equipment. By ensuring
this product is disposed of correctly,
Before taking the IC recorder for repair,
check the following sections. Should any
problem persist after you have made these
checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Please note that recorded messages may be
erased during service or repair work.
Battery compartment
It takes a long time for the IC recorder to
start.
 If the IC recorder is required to process a
large amount of data, it may take longer
for the IC recorder to start. This is not a
malfunction of the IC recorder. Wait until
the start-up display disappears.
Error Messages
LO BATT
 Batteries are exhausted. Replace the old
batteries with new ones.
Rear
While the operation indicator is flashing in orange, do not remove the batteries. Doing so may
damage the data.
Noise may be recorded if an object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubs or scratches the IC
recorder during recording.
Before making a recording, be sure to check the battery indicator.
The maximum recording time varies if you record messages in mixed recording mode.
Remaining memory indication
During recording, the remaining memory indicator decreases one by one.
The memory is nearly
full.
Flashing

Proceed with the same steps again from the beginning.
Divide the message into two messages first, and then proceed with the same steps from the
beginning.
Menu items
About the Menu Function
You can set only one alarm each one message.
 “ALARM OFF (or ON)” will not appear and the alarm cannot be set if the
clock has not been set or no message has been recorded in the selected
folder.
 When the clock has not been set or no messages are recorded, you cannot
set the alarm.
 The alarm sounds even if you set “BEEP” to “OFF” in the menu.
 If you try to set the alarm to play back a message at a previously set
time on another message, “PRE SET” will be displayed, preventing new
settings.
 If the alarm time comes during recording, the alarm will sound after the
recording is finished. “” will flash when the alarm time comes.
 If the alarm time comes while you are updating data, the alarm will be
cancelled automatically.
 If more than one alarm time comes, only the first message will be played
back with an alarm.
 Once the alarm is set, the alarm will not be cancelled, even after the
message is played back.
 If the alarm time comes while another message is being played back with
an alarm, the payback stops and the new message will be played back.
 If you divide a message you have set an alarm for, the alarm setting
remains on only the first part of the divided message.
 If you delete a message on which you have set an alarm, that alarm will be
also cancelled.
 If the alarm time comes during erasing operation, alarm will sound for 10
seconds after the erasing is finished and playback begins.
Locks the message so that you cannot move it, erase it, add a new message
to it, add an overwritten message to it, or divide it.
ON:
The lock function is activated.
OFF*:
The lock function is cancelled.

2 Press – or + to select the menu
item for which you want to make setting,
and then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
FOLDER/MENU

–, +
3 Press – or + to select the setting
that you want to set, and then press
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
1 Press and hold FOLDER/MENU to enter
the menu mode.
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
4 Press  (stop) to exit the menu mode.
 Note
If you do not press any button for 1 minute,
the menu mode is automatically cancelled and
the window will return to the normal display.
To return to the previous window
Press FOLDER/MENU during menu mode.
LOCK
To exit the menu mode
Press  (stop).
MOVE
Menu settings
Menu items
MODE
SENS
VOR
REC-OP
DPC
N-CUT
EASY-S
CONT
DISPLAY
Settings (*: Initial setting)
Sets the recording mode.
SHQ*:
Super high-quality monaural recording mode (44.1 kHz/192 kbps)
You can record with monaural super high-quality sound.
HQ:
High-quality monaural recording mode (44.1 kHz/128 kbps)
You can record with monaural high-quality sound.
SP:
Standard play monaural recording mode (44.1 kHz/48 kbps)
You can record with standard quality sound.
LP:
Long play monaural recording mode (11.025 kHz/8 kbps)
You can record for a longer time with monaural sound.
Sets the microphone sensitivity.
*:
To record a sound far away from the IC recorder or a low sound, such as
a recording made in a spacious room.
:
To record dictation with a microphone in front of your mouth, a sound
near the IC recorder, or a loud sound.
Sets the VOR (Voice Operated Recording) function.
ON:
Recording starts when the IC recorder detects sound and pauses when
no sound is heard, eliminating recording during soundless periods. The
VOR function is activated when  REC/PAUSE is pressed.
OFF*:
The VOR function does not work.
Adds a recording to a previously recorded message or adds an overwrite
recording during playback.
ON:
You can add a recording or overwrite a recording.
ADD*:
You can add a recording.
OVER:
You can overwrite a recording.
OFF*:
You cannot add a recording or overwrite a recording.
Sets the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) function.
ON:
You can adjust the speed of the playback in a range from +100% to
–50%, by 10% increments for the + setting and by 5% increments for the
– setting.
–30%*
OFF*:
The DPC function is cancelled.
Sets the noise cut function.
ON:
The distortion of very low and high frequencies which are outside the
human voice range is reduced, therefore you can hear the human voice
more clearly.
OFF*:
The noise cut function does not work.
Sets the easy search function.
ON:
You can go forward for about 10 seconds by pressing + and go back
for about 3 seconds by pressing –. This function is useful when
attempting to locate desired point in a long recording.
OFF*:
The easy search function does not work. When you press + or
–, a message will be moved forward or backward.
Plays back the messages in the selected folder continuously.
ON:
The CONT function is activated.
OFF*:
A message is played back and the IC recorder stops at the beginning of
the next message.
ELAPSE*:
During recording, the recording time of the current message
During playing back, the elapsed playback time of one message
REMAIN:
During recording or being stopped, the available recording time
During playing back, the remaining time of the message
REC DATE:
Date recorded
REC TIME:
Time recorded
 Notes
If the remaining recording time is less than 1 minute, the display will
change automatically to the remaining time display and the display will
flash.
 If the IC recorder is left unoperated for more than 3 seconds in the stop
mode, the display will return to the current time, regardless of the display
setting.
Sets the clock by setting year, month, day, hour, and minute in sequence.
Sets the clock display.
12H:
AM12:00 = midnight, PM12:00 = noon
24H*:
0:00 = midnight, 12:00 = noon
Sets whether a beep will be heard or not.
ON*:
A beep will sound to indicate that an operation has been accepted or an
error has occurred.
OFF:
No beep sound will be heard.

SET DATE
HOUR
BEEP
 Note
LED
ALARM

 Notes
Making Settings for the Menu
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER
 Notes
Settings (*: Initial setting)
The alarm sounds even if you set “BEEP” to “OFF” in the menu.
Turns the operation indicator on or off during operation.
ON*:
During recording or playback, the operation indicator lights or flashes.
OFF:
The operation indicator does not light or flash, even during operation.
Sets the alarm.
ON:
To set the alarm, select “ON” and set the date, time or day of the week, or
choose “DAILY” for playback.
B-PLAY*:
The selected message will be played back after the alarm when the
alarm time comes.
BEEP:
Only the alarm will sound when the alarm time comes.
PLAY:
Only the selected message will be played back when the alarm time
comes.
OFF*:
The alarm setting is cancelled.
The selected message will be moved to the selected folder ( , , ,
, or ).
Before attempting to move a message, select the message to be moved, and
then go to the menu window.
All messages in the selected folder will be erased.
Select a folder from which all messages are to be erased, and then go to the
menu window and press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER while “ALL ERASE” is
flashing.
ALL ERASE

Before you start recording, we recommend
you make a trial recording first.
If the input level is not strong enough,
connect the headphone jack (minijack,
stereo) of other equipment to the
 (microphone) jack of the IC recorder and
adjust the volume level on the equipment
connected to the IC recorder.


Stereo microphone with shirt‑clip is supplied
with some models in some regions only.
(The clip is detachable.)
You can use the Sony ECM‑DM5P,
ECM‑Z60 (U.S.A. only), ECM‑CS10,
ECM‑CZ10, ECM‑DS70P, ECM‑DS30P
electret condenser microphone (not
supplied).
Recording sound from a telephone
or a cell phone
You can use the ECM-TL1 headphonetype electret condenser microphone (not
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press – or + to select “MODE,”
and then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
3 Press – or + to select “SHQ,”



When “REC-OP” in the menu is set to
“ADD,” you can add a recording to the
message being played back. The added
recording will be placed after the current
message, and will be counted as a part of
the message.
and then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
5 Press  (stop) to exit the menu mode.
Message 3
and “ADD” will flash and the IC
recorder stops in the recording pause
mode.
Message 4
After adding a recording
Message 4
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press – or + to select “REC-OP,”
and then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
7 While “ADD” is flashing, press  REC/
PAUSE again.
The operation indicator will light in red,
and the recording will be added at the
end of the current message.
8 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
 Notes



4 Press  (stop) to exit the menu mode.
 Note
You cannot set the recording mode while
recording.
When “REC-OP” in the menu is set
to “OVER,” you can add an overwrite
recording after a selected point in a
recorded message. The remainder of the
message after the selected point is deleted.
The starting point of an overwrite recording
Message 2
and then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
5 Press  (stop) to exit the menu mode.
6 When the message to be overwritten is
played back, press  REC/PAUSE.
Message 3 Message 4
Setting the Microphone Sensitivity
1 Press and hold FOLDER/MENU to enter
the menu mode.
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press – or + to select “SENS,”
and then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
“ ,” and then press
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
You cannot add a recording if the remaining
memory is insufficient.
The added portion of a message will be
recorded in the same recording mode.
If 10 minutes have passed after step 6, you
must start the procedure again from the
beginning.
4 Press – or + to select “OVER,”
and “OVER” will flash and the IC
recorder stops in the recording pause
mode.
The deleted part of
Message 2
3 Press – or + to select “
7 While “OVER” is flashing, press  REC/
Message 2
” or
4 Press  (stop) to exit the menu mode.
For details about the settings, see “Menu
settings.”
The microphone sensitivity is set to “
”
when you purchase the IC recorder.
the menu mode when the IC recorder is
in the stop or playback mode.
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press – or + to select “N-CUT,”
and then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
Message 3
PAUSE again.
Message 4
The operation indicator will light in red,
and recording starts.
Added overwrite recording in Message 2
1 Press and hold FOLDER/MENU to enter
the menu mode.
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press – or + to select “REC-OP,”
and then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
3 Press – or + to select “ON,” and
8 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
1 During playback, press
(repeat) A-B
to specify the starting point A.
“A-B B” flashes.
2 Press
(repeat) A-B again to specify
the finishing point B.
“ ” and “A-B” are displayed and
the specified section is played back
repeatedly.


You cannot overwrite a recoding if the
remaining memory is insufficient.
The overwritten portion of a message will be
recorded in the same recording mode.
If 10 minutes have passed after step 6, you
must start the procedure again from the
beginning.



1 Press DIVIDE during recording.
“DIVIDE” and a new message number
flash in the display window and the new
message number is added at the point
you pressed the button. The message will
be recorded as two messages, however
recording continues without stopping.
Message 1
Message 2

Message 3
Message is divided.
Message 2 and Message 3 are recorded
without stopping.
 Tip
You can divide the currently recorded message
during recording pause.


You need a certain amount of free space in
the memory to divide a message.
You cannot divide a message at the very
beginning (0.5 seconds from the beginning)
of the message.
When you divide a message into two, at the
point of division, the end of the first message
and the beginning of the second message
may be interrupted.
If you divide messages too frequently while
the IC recorder is recording them, the
following phenomenon may occur: The
operation indicator keeps flashing, and you
cannot operate the IC recorder for a certain
period. This is not a malfunction. Wait until
the operation indicator goes off.
When you divide a message into two, at the
point of division, the end of the first message
and the beginning of the second message
may overlap. You may hear the same sounds
at these points in both messages.
If the remaining recording time is less than 3
seconds, you cannot divide a message.
Recording with an External Microphone or from
Other Equipment
1 Connect an external microphone or
other equipment to the  (microphone)
jack when the IC recorder is in the stop
mode.
When the recording mode is set to
“SHQ” or “HQ,” and a stereo microphone
is used, you can record sound in stereo.
When you use an other equipment,
connect the audio output connector
(stereo mini-plug) of other equipment
to the  (microphone) jack of the IC
recorder using an audio connecting cable
(not supplied).
For details about the audio connecting
cable, see “Specifications.”
2 Press FOLDER/MENU to select the
folder in which you want to record
messages ( , , , , or ).
3 Press  REC/PAUSE to start recording.
The built-in microphone is automatically
cut off.
If the input level is not strong enough,
adjust the microphone sensitivity on the
IC recorder.
When a plug in power type microphone
is connected, power is automatically
supplied to the microphone from the IC
recorder.
4 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
Quickly locating the point you
wish to start playback (Easy
Search)
When “EASY-S” is set to “ON” in the menu,
you can quickly locate the point at which
you wish to start playback by pressing
– or + repeatedly during playback.
You can go back approx. 3 seconds by
pressing – once, or advance approx.
10 seconds by pressing + once. This
function is useful for locating a desired
point in a long recording.
Searching forward/backward
during playback (Cue/Review)
To search forward (Cue):
Press and hold + during playback and
release it at the point you wish to resume
playback.
 To search backward (Review):
Press and hold – during playback
and release it at the point you wish to
resume playback.

The IC recorder searches at slow speed with
playback sound first. This is useful to check
one word forward or back. Then, if you
press and hold the button, the IC recorder
starts to search at higher speed.
Playing back a message repeatedly
During playback, press and hold  PLAY/
STOP•ENTER until “ ” appears. The
selected message will be played back
repeatedly.
To resume normal playback, press
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER again.
 Notes


You cannot specify the finishing point B
before the starting point A has been set.
You cannot set point A and point B at
the very beginning (0.5 seconds from the
beginning) or at the very end (0.5 seconds
prior to the end) of the message.
2 Press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER to start
playback and at the same time set the
connected equipment to the recording
mode.
1 Connect the  (headphone) jack of the
IC recorder to the audio input connector
(stereo minijack) of other equipment
using an audio connecting cable (not
supplied).
A message from the IC recorder will be
recorded on the equipment connected.
3 Press  (stop) on the IC recorder and
the connected equipment at the same
time to stop recording.
For details about the audio connecting
cable, see “Specifications.”
To avoid potential risk of data loss
caused by accidental operation or
malfunction of the IC recorder, we
recommend that you save a backup copy
of your recorded messages on a tape
recorder, etc.
Specifications
Design and specifications
Dimensions (w/h/d) (not incl. projecting
parts and controls) (JEITA)*1
37 mm × 111 mm × 21.2 mm (1 1/2 in. × 4 3/8 in.
IC recorder section
× 27/32 in.)
Capacity (User available capacity)
2 GB (approx. 1.79 GB = 1,924,136,960 Byte)
A part of the memory capacity is used as a
management area.
Mass (JEITA)*1
Frequency range
*1 Measured value by the standard of JEITA
(Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association)




SHQ: 75 Hz - 20,000 Hz
HQ: 75 Hz - 17,000 Hz
SP: 75 Hz - 15,000 Hz
LP: 80 Hz - 3,500 Hz
Supplied accessories
MP3 bit rate and sampling frequency for
recording mode




SHQ: 44.1 kHz, 192 kbps
HQ: 44.1 kHz, 128 kbps
SP: 44.1 kHz, 48 kbps
LP: 11.025 kHz, 8 kbps
See “Step 1: Checking the Contents of the
Package.”
Optional accessories
Active speaker SRS-M50
Electret condenser microphone ECM‑DM5P,
ECM‑Z60 (U.S.A. only), ECM‑CS10,
ECM‑CZ10, ECM‑DS70P, ECM‑DS30P,
ECM‑TL1
Audio connecting cable* RK-G136, RK-G139
(excluding Europe)
Rechargeable battery NH-AAA-B2K
Battery charger BCG‑34HS2KA (excluding
Latin America), BCG‑34HLD22K (Latin
America only)
General
Speaker
Approx. 28 mm (1 1/8 in.) dia.
Input/Output

Approx. 71 g (2 1/2 oz) including LR03 (size
AAA) alkaline batteries
Microphone jack (minijack, stereo)
 input for plug in power, minimum
input level 0.4 mV, 3 kilohms or lower
impedance microphone
Headphone jack (minijack, stereo)
 output for 16 ohms - 300 ohms
headphones
*Audio connecting cable
To the IC
recorder
To the other
equipment
RK-G139
Stereo
mini-plug
Mini-plug
(monaural)
RK-G136
Stereo
mini-plug
Stereo
mini-plug
Power output
300 mW
Your dealer may not handle some of the
above listed optional accessories. Please ask
the dealer for detailed information.
Power requirements
Two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries
(supplied): 3.0 V DC
Two NH-AAA rechargeable batteries (not
supplied): 2.4 V DC
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
Operating temperature
5˚C - 35˚C (41˚F - 95˚F)
Maximum recording time*2*3
The maximum recording time of all the folders is as follows.
SHQ mode
HQ mode
SP mode
22 hr. 15 min.
33 hr. 20 min.
89 hr.
LP mode
534 hr. 25 min.
(hr. : hours/min. : minutes)
*2 When you are going to record continuously for a long time, you may have to replace the batteries
with new ones in the midst of recording.
*3 The maximum recording time varies if you record messages in mixed recording mode.
Editing Messages
Dividing a Message into Two
You can divide a message during playback,
so that the message is divided into two
parts and a new message number is added
to the newer part of the divided message.
By dividing a message, you can easily find
the point from which you want to play back
when you make a long recording such as at
a meeting. You can divide a message until
the total number of messages in the folder
reaches 99.
1 Press DIVIDE while you are playing
 Notes




back the message you want to divide.
The current message number and
“DIVIDE” flash.
2 Press DIVIDE.


“DIVIDE” appears, a new number is
added to the newer part of the divided
message, and the message numbers
of the following messages will be
incremented by one.
Message 1
 When messages are played back to
the end of the last message
 When you play back or fast play back
to the end of the last message, “END”
flashes up for 5 seconds and the operation
indicator lights up in green. (You cannot
hear the playback sound.)
 When “END” and the operation indicator
go off, the IC recorder will stop at the
beginning of the last message.
 If you press and hold – while “END”
is flashing, the messages are played back
rapidly, and normal playback will start at
the point you release the button.
 If the last message is long and you wish
to start playback at a later part of the
message, press and hold + to go to the
end of the message and then press –
while “END” is flashing to go back to the
desired point.
 For messages other than the last one, go
to the beginning of the next message and
play backward to the desired point.
To change the segment specified for A-B
Repeat playback:
During A-B Repeat playback, press
(repeat) A-B again to specify a new
starting point A. Then specify a new
finishing point B, as in step 2.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.

You can record the sound of the IC recorder
with other equipment.
Before you start recording, we recommend
you to make trial recording first.
Message 2

Message 3

A Message is divided.
Message 2 Message 3 Message 4

Convenient Playback Methods
To listen with the headphones:
Connect a supplied or commercially
available headphones to the 
(headphone) jack. The built-in speaker
will be automatically disconnected.
 To listen from an external speaker:
Connect an active or passive speaker (not
supplied) to the  (headphone) jack.
Set “N-CUT” to “OFF” in step 3.
Recording with Other Equipment
Other Playback Operations

To cancel the noise cut function
Backup recommendations
To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth
slightly moistened in water. Do not use
alcohol, benzine or thinner.
+100% to –50%
Message 1
Listening with better sound quality
 Notes
 The effect of the noise cut function may
be different depending on the condition
of the recorded voice.
 When you are using the built-in speaker
or monitoring the recording, the noise cut
function may not be effective.
On maintenance
Playback speed control (DPC)
Dividing a Message During Recording
 Notes
4 Press  (stop) to exit the menu mode.
To stop A-B Repeat playback:
Press  (stop).
then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
You can divide a message during recording
so that the message is divided into two
parts, and a new message number is added
to the newer part of the divided message.
Once a message is divided, you cannot recombine the divided messages.
then press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
To resume normal playback:
Press  PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
 Notes

3 Press – or + to select “ON,” and
Playing Back a Specified Section Repeatedly –
A-B Repeat
Adding an Overwrite Recording during
Playback
“HQ,” “SP,” or “LP,” and then press
 PLAY/STOP•ENTER.
You can set the microphone sensitivity in
the menu when the IC recorder is in the
recording or stop mode.
1 Press and hold FOLDER/MENU to enter
back, press  REC/PAUSE.
3 Press – or + to select “ON,” and
For details about the settings, see “Menu
settings.”
To record with better sound quality, select
the SHQ or HQ mode.
The recording mode is set to “SHQ” when
you purchase the IC recorder.
When the noise cut function is set to “ON”
in the menu, the distortion of very low
and high frequencies which are outside the
human voice range is reduced, therefore
you can hear the human voice more clearly.
6 When the message to be added is played
During playback of Message 3
the menu mode.
recording. You can adjust the monitoring
volume by pressing VOL +/–, but the
recording level is fixed.
After you have made the connection, check
the sound quality of the conversation
and the recording level before you start
recording.
If the beep of the telephone or a dial tone is
recorded, the conversation may be recorded
with lower level of sound. In this case, start
recording after the conversation has started.
The VOR function may not work, depending
on the kind of telephone or the line
condition.
We assume no responsibility whatsoever
for any inconvenience, even if you cannot
record a conversation using the IC recorder.
Your dealer may not handle some of the
optional accessories. Please ask the dealer for
detailed information.
Making the Human Voice Clearer – the Noise
Cut Function
4 Press – or + to select “ADD,”
1 Press and hold FOLDER/MENU to enter
Selecting the Recording Mode
the menu mode.

Added recording
Monitoring the Recording
1 Press and hold FOLDER/MENU to enter

Adding a Recording to a Previously Recorded
Message
Other Recording Operations
You can select the recording mode in the
menu when the IC recorder is in the stop
mode.
 Notes
 Recommended microphones
Message 3
If you connect commercially available
headphones to the  (headphone) jack
before you start, you can monitor the
supplied) to record sound from a telephone
or a cell phone.
For details on how to make the connection,
refer to the operating instructions supplied
with the ECM-TL1 microphone.
The message numbers are incremented.
You need a certain amount of free space in
the memory to divide a message.
If 99 messages have been recorded in a
folder, you cannot divide a message. In that
case, reduce the number of messages to 98
or less by erasing unwanted messages or by
moving some of the messages to another
folder before dividing a message.
When you divide a message with a title and
artist name, the newer part has the same title
and artist name.
Once a message is divided, you cannot
combine divided messages using the IC
recorder.
If you divide a message frequently, the unit
may become unable to divide the message
further.
If you divide a message with an alarm
setting, the same alarm setting remains only
with the former message divided.
You cannot divide a message at the very
beginning (0.5 seconds from the beginning)
or at the very end (0.5 seconds prior to the
end) of the message.
If you divide a message during A-B Repeat
playback or one message repeat playback,
the repeat setting will be cancelled.
If more than 10 seconds have passed after
step 1, you must start the procedure again
from the beginning.
To cancel dividing the message
To play the divided message
Press  (stop) before step 2.
Press – or + to display the message
number, as the divided messages now each
have message numbers.
Additional Information
Precautions
On power
Operate the unit only on 3.0 V or 2.4 V DC.
Use two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries
or two NH-AAA rechargeable batteries.
On safety
Do not operate the unit while driving,
cycling or operating any motorized vehicle.
On handling
Do not leave the unit in a location near
heat sources, or in a place subject to direct
sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical
shock.
 Should any solid object or liquid fall into
the unit, remove the batteries and have
the unit checked by qualified personnel
before operating it any further.
 Be careful not to allow water to splash
on the unit. The unit is not water-proof.
In particular, be careful in the following
situations.
 When you have the unit in your pocket
and go to the bathroom, etc.
When you bend down, the unit may
drop into the water and may get wet.

When you use the unit in an
environment where the unit is exposed
to rain, snow, or humidity.
 In circumstances where you get sweaty.
If you touch the unit with wet hands
or if you put the unit in the pocket of
sweaty clothes, the unit may get wet.
 You may feel pain in your ears if you
use the headphones when the ambient
air is very dry. This is not because of
a malfunction of the headphones, but
because of static electricity accumulated
in your body. You can reduce static
electricity by wearing non-synthetic
clothes that prevent the emergence of
static electricity.

On noise
Noise may be heard when the unit is
placed near an AC power source, a
fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone
during recording or playback.
 Noise may be recorded when an object,
such as your finger, etc., rubs or scratches
the unit during recording.

Battery life*4
When using Sony LR03 (SG) (size AAA) alkaline batteries (with continuous use)
Recording mode*5
SHQ
HQ
SP
LP
Recording
Approx. 34 hr.
Approx. 34 hr.
Approx. 39 hr.
Approx. 55 hr.
Playback*6 through
speaker
Approx. 12 hr.
Approx. 12 hr.
Approx. 12 hr.
Approx. 12 hr.
Playback using the
headphones
Approx. 36 hr.
Approx. 36 hr.
Approx. 36 hr.
Approx. 36 hr.
(hr. : hours)
When using Sony NH-AAA rechargeable batteries (with continuous use)
Recording mode*5
SHQ
HQ
SP
LP
Recording
Approx. 22 hr.
Approx. 22 hr.
Approx. 27 hr.
Approx. 37 hr.
Playback*6 through
speaker
Approx. 10 hr.
Approx. 10 hr.
Approx. 10 hr.
Approx. 10 hr.
Playback using the
headphones
Approx. 25 hr.
Approx. 25 hr.
Approx. 25 hr.
Approx. 25 hr.
(hr. : hours)
* The battery life is measured in testing using methods proprietary to Sony. The battery life may
shorten depending on how you operate the IC recorder.
*5 For details about the recording mode, see “Menu settings.”
*6 When playing back music through the internal speaker with the volume level set to 27
4
Trademarks
MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology
and patents licensed from Fraunhofer IIS
and Thomson.
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trademarks are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.
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mentioned in each case in this manual.